Thursday, July 12, 2012
I am well aware of cultural differences around the globe and of the tendency to judge other cultures against one's own. Though I try hard not to do this, I know I am as guilty as the next person. That said, I just cannot understand why a boy like Beau is facing life in an orphanage. Beau has mild cerebral palsy. He is described as "communicative, polite, kind and friendly." Beau is a smart 7 year old boy who reads and entertains himself with puzzles and mosaics. He is also very interested in technology. Beau reminds me of my own 7 year old boy. What is so wrong with him that he would be refused at birth? He has a spastic gait. That's it. He walks unassisted, though his stride is not typical. Beau is from a culture where imperfection is frowned upon. Add to that his age and the fact that he is a boy, and his odds of finding a family become astronomically low. I just can't let this happen to Beau. I am not alone in this thinking as he has a Guardian Angel advocating for him as well! This is great! Beau currently has $317 in his adoption grant, but in his region, adoptions run about $35-40K. Beau's family is going to need all the help they can get in order to reach him quickly and bring him home where he can reach his full potential. Just imagine how this boy would thrive in a loving home with parents and maybe even siblings to encourage and love him. Imagine what simple stretching exercises and physical therapy could do for his legs and most of all, for his self-confidence. In a home with a family, Beau's possibilities are endless. Please consider donating to Beau's adoption grant, share his photo on your blog and/or social networking site, and of course, consider whether Beau could be your son. Let's help Beau's family find him. Join me in sharing his sweet smile with the world....Ready...Go!